A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

 DUP finance minister Arlene Foster. Ms Foster is to press ahead with a ‘fantasy budget’ in the North despite the refusal of Sinn Féin and the SDLP to sign up to its welfare reform element. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The North’s finance minister Arlene Foster is to present a budget in the Stormont Assembly next week despite the fact that Sinn Féin and the SDLP are(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: “The situation looks increasingly grim. No resolution was found at this afternoon’s meeting and time is running out.” Photograph: David Young/PA

Talks aimed at breaking the logjam that is threatening the Northern Executive and Assembly concluded at Stormont on Tuesday evening with the British g(...)

 The DUP’s Arlene Foster, leader Peter Robinson and Nigel Dodds hold a press conference outside Stormont Castle on the way into  talks in Belfast on Tuesday, June 2nd,  involving  the UK and Irish governments and leaders of the five Executive parties being convened in a bid to find a way to save the Stormont House Agreement. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The brinkmanship battle over the future of the Stormont institutions was ratcheted up on Tuesday with Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers offering a b(...)

DUP leader Peter Robinson speaking during a press conference outside Stormont Castle on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson had a busy schedule to get through on Tuesday, including talks with the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, o(...)

Two former Irish-American congressman have called on Northern Ireland’s parties and the British and Irish governments to seek a compromise on the budg(...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness: “It’s highly questionable as to whether or not the meeting will achieve anything but we will be there.” Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed pessimism about the possibility of crunch talks in Belfast tomorrow result(...)

Darren Fichardt of South Africa hits his 2nd shot on the 18th hole during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. “As much as they are loving coming here they are not exactly loving the conditions,” said Pádraig Harrington. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Some of the world’s great golfers who assembled at Royal County Down these past four days for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open are famous, if that is(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson at the Irish Open, at Royal County Down golf club, on Saturday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

First Minister Peter Robinson is to attend Stormont talks hosted by Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flana(...)

 Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  said his conscience would not allow him to preside over an ‘austerity agenda’ in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Getty

The North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has described the deepening political crisis at Stormont as “a very grave situation”. The Sinn Féi(...)